Every Christmas and Easter we like to bake up a nice ham for our family holiday meal and over the years, I think my grandmother perfected the perfect sweet baked ham recipe. We typically use this recipe every time we make a 4 lb. boneless ham.
10 oz. jar sweet cherry halves, juice drained
1 large can pineapple rings, juice drained
festive wooden toothpicks
3 lb. to 5 lb. fully cooked boneless ham
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup 100% natural orange juice
1 cup Gingerale (we like to use diet)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine together the maple syrup, natural orange juice, Gingerale, brown sugar and honey. We use a wire whisk to combine all of the liquid ingredients together.
Place your boneless ham into a roasting pan. Cut some slits into your ham in a crosswise pattern. This will allow the sweet juice mixture to get into the meat. Use the toothpicks to place pineapple rings and halved cherries around your ham. Pour the sweet liquid over the top.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour. Serve immediately once done and heated through. The juices from the cooked ham make a great topping over mashed potatoes too!